Roberts - Answered a Question by Roxburgh (27 Nov 08 00:45)

On looking at their website, Star Cruises are primarily directed towards the Asian Market however I wouldn't worry about it too much as it appears to be one of the leading cruise companies used by Australians. NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) are a subsidiary of Star and are the American/European fleet of Star.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Roxburgh (27 Nov 08 07:35)

I have done 2 Star Cruises albeit that was 8 or 9 years ago. The first was on SS Gemini (sister to F.O. Bramaer) & the second on SS Virgo which was brand spanking new at the time. Yes there is a majority of Chinese (Singaporeans), but is very popular with the Australians & to a lesser degree the Americans. I can honestly say these rated among my best cruises to date (60) from a viewpoint of quality of food, service & a general feel good feeling. I would have done more cruises with them but their itinerary has not really altered over the last 10 years & most cruises are only 5 days 'ish. If they still maintain the same standard, & what I've read on other sites they have, I would have no hesitation recommending anyone to give it a whirl & make use of a few days in Singapore if that's your embarkation port. Tipping was not allowed & constant reminders were published in the daily sheet most days as a reminder. Whether this is still the same now that NCL are part of the group I have no knowledge. As for not appealing to Brits, my experience with the relatively small numbers of us on board, I only heard compliments, unlike the gripes that are constantly being quoted about 'regular' cruise lines in this part of the world. Food was always a choice of 'western cruise fare' & Asian alternatives. Anything else just ask away......Regards Wilba .

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Roxburgh (27 Nov 08 09:23)

My first cruise was on SS Virgo - and she got me hooked! A beautiful ship that seemed huge to me at the time. Fantastic selection of restaurants - one of the best Indian meals I have ever had, a great Teppanyaki, and an upmarket Italian that had real works of art on the walls and plates by Versace. Yes, there were a of Chinese on board, but to be honest, they all ate in the Chinese main dining room (there were 2 main dining rooms - the other served western food).Then they all seemed to disappear into the Casino - it is the only ship I have been on where the casino is hidden down in the depths somewhere and not 'in your face' as it is on all ships nowadays. Anyway I would have no hesitation at all in recommending them. We did stay in the top suite on board and I will never forget the shower in the window......they did insist it was one-way glass but I guess I'll never know!

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